Francis Orpen Morris Dogs and their doings

ISBN 13: 9781231142608

Dogs and their doings

 
9781231142608: Dogs and their doings

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 Excerpt: ... notwithstanding his quiet and sedate look, there was a certain expression of low cunning and blackguardism about his face which would have stamped him anywhere as the associate of vile and dissolute company, and although he wagged his stumpy tail, and pretended to look amiable at his equally cunning mistress, his attempts at amiability seemed to be rather the effects of kicks and blows than of genuine attachment. He received her caresses too with a kind of uncertain appearance of pleasure, as if he did not much value them, but of the two rather preferred them to her kicks. On entering the hall he cast a kind of hasty look around him, much as you would expect a rogue to do on entering a shop from which he intended to purloin something; however, on the woman producing certain dirty cards, with their corners all worn round by constant use, and marked with numbers, letters, &c, the dog prepared himself for action, with a preparatory lick at his lips, and a suspicious look at his mistress. The tricks consisted of the usual routine of adding up figures, spelling short words, and finding the first letter of any town named by one of the company. This last trick was very cleverly done, and puzzled us very much, as we--i.e., the grown-up part of his audience--were most intently watching, not him, but his mistress, in order to discover what signs she made to guide him in his choice of the cards; but we could not perceive that she moved hand or foot, or made any signal whatever. Indeed, the dog seemed to pay little regard to her, but to receive his orders direct from any one who gave them. In fact, his teaching must have been perfect, and his intellect wonderful. Now, I dare say, I shall be laughed at for introducing an anecdote of a learned dog, and 62 A Young Bl...

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